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Literary Criticism


Literary analysis does not need to be nerve-wracking or time-consuming. Here are some tips regarding topic selection to help make the research process stress-free:


It is easier to find criticism on works of authors from the past than on works by contemporary authors. It takes time for a body of critical writing about an author or literary work to grow.


It is easier to find criticism on works by well-known authors than on works by those not so famous.


Larger works, like novels and plays, seem to attract more critical attention than individual short stories, essays, or poems.


Don't finalize your topic too soon. Consider two or three works of literature, do some quick, preliminary searching for each title in the tools introduced in this research guide, and choose the one on which you can find the most information most quickly.  


Unless, of course, an obscure work or work by a contemporary author is something you are passionately interested in. Then ignore Tips One through Four, and choose it.